John Whittingdale opened the new extension to the Buddies Children’s Centre at Brickhouse Farm, Maldon.

The extension which was supported by the National Lottery will allow the centre to accommodate some 30 children each day, a number of whom have special needs.

John is pictured with Councillor Rodney Bass, Chairman of Maldon District Council, Lyn Munson, Centre manager, members of staff and children.

On Saturday, 12th November 2005, John Whittingdale opened the new exhibition “Spy Collection” at the Combined Military Services Museum in Station Road, Maldon.

The Collection was donated to the museum by Captain Peter Mason, thought by many to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond and contains probably the best espionage collection in the country.

John Whittingdale opened a new Farmers Market to be held at Danbury Sports and Social Centre on the first Saturday of every month between 9.00am and 1.00pm. The market included stalls from many local producers including Althorne beef, lamb from Gate Farm, Steeple, pork from Wicks Manor Farm and goats's milk and cheese from Mundon Hall.

John is pictured with Adrian Owers, the General Manager of Danbury Community Association, which runs the Centre.